Portrait

The German short film scene encompasses a large number of innovative filmmakers who have deliberately chosen to go the independent route or who, in addition to feature film projects, continue to shoot short films as well. In the “Portrait” section, shortfilm.de will feature reguarly a cameo of one of these filmmakers.

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Almost Faint or the Like.
The Video Works of Stefan Panhans

Ein junger Mann mit rot-schwarzer Kappe schaut in die Kamera. Er trägt eine Kapuze mit Fellbesatz

Since the beginning of the 2000s, Stefan Panhans has made a name for himself with works that refuse to be clearly assigned to an artistic genre or field of practice and entwine still and moving, as well as found and newly created images and spaces within constantly changing constellations. Doing so, he works with photography in which filmic plots are intimated, video installations that merge elements of theatre and computer games, texts that evolve like fictions you can enter, and performances that become films. He produces images of a present that is defined by the rhythms of goods and media consumption, that prefabricates their promises of salvation in the form of advertising, therapies and lifestyles and, doing so, fans the desires for the authentic and the immediate at the same time, and lets them ossify in their own clichés. Read More

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Erik Schmitt

Kurzfilm Nun sehen Sie Folgendes von Erik Schmitt: ein Mann mit Brille und Schnurrbart schaut durch eine Lupe in die Kamera. Durch die Lupe wirkt sein rechtes Auge unnatürlich vergrößert.

Just the first few seconds of this film are enough to create an all-pervading sense of oppression that predominates for the next 15 minutes. “Berlin Metanoia” is a dark, almost (hellishly) dreamlike trip into the innermost realms of a city that loves to market itself as young and cool, but which has lost its soul somewhere between hipsterism, tourist onslaughts and hype. In his latest short fiction film, which celebrated its premiere at the 2016 Berlinale, Erik Schmitt approaches the latent psychotic Berliner identity with an intensity that continues to reverberate for a long time afterwards. Read More

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Kyne Uhlig and Nikolaus Hillebrand – Digital isn’t always better

Filmstill GRÜN © niky-bilder Trickfilmwerkstatt Köln

The films by Kyne Uhlig and Nikolaus Hillebrand are full of things that you would usually find in the kitchen or a closet. Gherkins march in step, spoons develop a dubious life of their own and lonely socks desperately search for their better halves. The filmmakers, who live and work together in Cologne and go by the name of “niky-Bilder”, prefer to use everyday as well as lost-and-found objects and breathe new life into them for their animated films – and that’s especially practical considering that they live right next door to their studio, making it easier to, whenever the need arises, place the contents of their domestic cupboards in the spotlight. Read More

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Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf

In response to the question of how best to call the art made by Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf, after a lengthy discussion both reply: sculpture. (In German, the word for sculpture is Bildhauerei, which literally translates as “image-hewing”). While not meant entirely seriously, it sounds funny and nails it surprisingly well. Firstly, the description contains the kind of dry humour that is quintessential to the Berlin artist-duo’s work. Read More

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Jan Soldat

When writing about the depiction of pain in the world, Susan Sontag once spoke about “regarding”. In “Regarding the Pain of Others”, she focused thematically on reactions to images, the responsibility when seeing, as well as on philosophical positions on a realpolitik geographical map. Read More

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Ulu Braun

Ulu Braun is based in Berlin and his work is represented at both film festivals and in the art world. He perceives this double-track approach as a privilege, allowing him the freedom to experiment and broaden his own horizons by regularly traversing boundaries. Read More

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Ute Aurand

Her films possess a particular consistency: They are comprised of light and colour, even when black/white. The camera feels surfaces and allows us to share in their texture and materiality, take pleasure in them, perceive them differently. Read More

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Till Nowak

Ein kauziger alter Mann steht auf dem Balkon. Die Aussicht ist trist, der Rauch unzähliger Fabrikschlote verdunkelt den Himmel. Fürsorglich wässert der Mann eine einzelne Blume, die in einem rostigen Kasten den schlechten Bedingungen trotzt. Read More

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Susann Maria Hempel

Alltägliche Szenen des menschlichen Zusammenlebens surreal inszeniert, fast schon eine Art performative Installation zwischen Traum und Wirklichkeit – so wirken die aneinander gereihten bizarren Sequenzen in Susann Maria Hempels Film WIE IST DIE WELT SO STILLE (2012). Read More

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Olaf Held

DAHEIM © Chemnitzer Filmwerkstatt

Great art doesn’t need many words – Olaf Held and his short films What might a filmmaker have in mind when he chooses to call a three-minute work SHORT FILM?… Read More

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Veit Helmer

Veit Helmer is one of the few German filmmakers who, as a wanderer between the genres, is able to cross what are regarded as the hermetically sealed boundaries between the… Read More

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Joerg Wagner

After focusing in past editions of our Filmmaker Portrait primarily on artistic achievements, today we would like to introduce Germany’s most commercially successful short-film maker, Jörg Wagner. With STAPLERFAHRER KLAUS… Read More

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Stephan-Flint Müller

Films to chase away boredom: Stephan-Flint Müller «Fliegenpflicht f«r Quadratk«pfe« («Bow Tie Duty for Squareheads«) was without question one of the most popular and successful German short films of recent… Read More